Forest Park Man charged in child pornography case

A west suburban man appeared in bond court on felony child pornography charges following the recovery of numerous photos and videos depicting children engaging in sex acts posted to his social media account, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Kenneth Sims, 29, of Forest Park, was charged with two counts of Child Pornography (still depiction of child under 13 years of age and still depiction of a child under 18 years of age), and one count of Child Pornography (moving image of a child under 18 years of age).

According to prosecutors, the Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children’s (ICAC) Task Force received a Cyber Tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding suspected child pornography on Sims’ account on “Tumblr,” a blogging and social networking website.

Investigators from the Forest Park Police Department followed up on the tip, executing a search warrant on Sims account which was titled “addicted-to-cuties.” The search warrant resulted in the seizure of more than 15 flash drives containing multiple moving and still depictions of children engaged in a variety of sex acts.

Sims was arrested by Forest Park Police on Tuesday (Feb. 25) and appeared in bond court today at the Maywood Courthouse before Judge Carol Kipperman who set bond at $50,000. Sims’ next court date is March 20 at the Maywood Courthouse.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office administers the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which investigates and prosecutes criminal acts such as child pornography, sexual solicitation of a child or missing child investigations. The task force also offers guidance and information for parents and educators on internet safety. To report a child-related internet crime call (312) 492-3655.

The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.